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Ryan discusses immigration reform & his upcoming listening sessions with Jay Weber

The Jay Weber Show, News/Talk 1130 WISN

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April 24, 2013 | comments

Podcast Highlights

Previewing upcoming listening sessions in Southern WI:

“I want to hear what people have to say. Look, I represent the First District and that means I want my employers to come tell me what’s on their minds. We have a lot of pots on the stove and a lot of things moving.”

Ongoing discussions with Senate Democrats about reducing spending:

“We’re pretty far apart as you can imagine. You just did a good job in ten seconds of basically explaining our differences. We cut spending, we don’t raise taxes, we balance the budget. The President and Senate do the opposite: raise spending with net spending increases, big tax increases, and never balancing the budget. And so, we’re just trying to basically find where the common ground is so we can get some spending controls. Some of the things they put in their budgets do cut spending; it’s just that their spending increases overwhelm their spending cuts so we’re trying to see if we can find common ground on reforms and spending cuts.”


“We don’t want to have a stalemate [conference] committee though. We’re so far apart. What we want to do is we want to make sure we agree what the goal is here and not sit and shout at each other about our differences but to actually focus on getting the deficit down through spending reforms and spending cuts. We want to make sure we have a common understanding before we go into some stalemate. We don’t want to have a conference that is going to be a stalemate, we want a conference that will actually have a result, which is to get some deficit and debt reduction without raising taxes.”

Efforts to fix our broken immigration system:

“We’re trying to get immigration reform, which to your entry, begins with border security, requires border security, and then has a system where we actually know who is coming and going in this country. It has a system that helps our economy, by filling jobs that aren’t being filled. It has a system that restores law and order and the rule of law so we have a viable immigration system, which we really don’t have right now."


“I am trying to work on this House version so we don’t want to do anything to detract from what the Senate is trying to do. I think they’ve made a good step in the right direction and there are a lot of important pieces in there but we’re trying to get something better here in the House and those negotiations are ongoing.”

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